Week 12 Concept

Rochelle Miller

Washington Post

First Amendment rights: 2001 U.S. Patriot Act

Background on The USA PATRIOT Act, it was created in response to the attacks of September 11 and became a law in less than two months after those attacks. The Act modified major U.S intelligence, communications, and privacy laws including:

However it is debated that the law violated numerous constitutional requirements. For example the “Fourth Amendment prohibition against unreasonable searches and seizures and First Amendment freedoms of speech and association.”

Yet supporters rebutted that the law simply created a  proper balance between security and liberty in a dangerous world of international terrorism.

The Patriot Act  represents an abuse of government authority and still today the debate continues. The debate over the law and its extensions will continue, as Americans continue to struggle with how to protect both liberty and security.

An example of this concept is how it continues to be a controversial topic. In the previous campaigns (Tommy Thompson’s (R) vs. Tammy Baldwin (D)) Thompson launched an attacking campaign against Baldwin for voting against a 2006 bill commemorating the fifth anniversary of 9/11.


“Baldwin did, in fact, vote against the bill. But as her campaign noted Tuesday, it was because the bill also paid tribute to more controversial and contentious things like the Patriot Act — a piece of legislation that Baldwin and many Democrats opposed.”

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2 thoughts on “Week 12 Concept

  1. teampenguine says:

    I like your post. This is definitely a political topic and it has National and International effects. I don’t think that your post needs any work. Good job.

  2. Breanna I says:

    I find it interesting that people became so upset about this. They certainly had every right to but I don’t think they ever realized that this Act was in responce to something we had never dealt with before as a country. It is inevetable that the first time you encounter a new situation you are bound to make mistakes, especially one as emotional as this one. In the end everything has been resolved and amended to meet the constituational rights of every citizen as well as protecting our country from anything like this in the future.

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